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Abandoned into Prosperity:

Edited by Helen F. Siu

in Merchants' Daughters

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099692
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207189 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099692.003.0007
Abandoned into Prosperity:

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This chapter examines women from the Portuguese colony of Macao who inherited property under the protection of British law. It traces the case of Ng Akew in the mid-nineteenth century, a Dan woman in Macao who lived with and bore children by James Bridges Endicott, an American ship captain who engaged in opium trade. Starting from the social and economic fringes of both British and Chinese society, she thrived in an interracial relationship and fully exploited her power among British colonial officials, American traders, Muslim shopkeepers, and Chinese pirates. Her social mobility illustrates the opportunities open to some women who were able to enrich their lives by claiming protection from British colonial institutions and a relatively open mercantile society.

Keywords: Macao; British law; Ng Akew; James Bridges Endicott; interracial relationship

Chapter.  5891 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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